Yay!! Fell + Cole ice creamerie is back in its old stomping grounds, Hongdae~!! Fell + Cole is already well-loved by everyone, and some of you vegan readers might remember that I had a vegan bake sale there last year at the old location. After they opened a stall in the Galleria department store in Apgu and had to close their small hongdae shop, I really missed their presence. I hardly ever go to Apgu these days, so they felt really far away. But now there’s a sparkly brand new shop and that means vegan sorbet! And just in time for the dreaded summer heat.
The one and only Tristan, who is the owner and mastermind behind all the ice cream flavors. I think some visitors (especially natives) get confused and think that there are two owners because they think ‘Fell’ and ‘Cole’ are people’s names, but they’re just two street names in San Francisco, which is where Tristan used to live~ I love SF and it makes me happy to see little homages to the city.
The best spot is definitely the tables and cushy chairs by the front. The shop is so pretty and such a stark difference from the old F+C shop, which was a humble hole in the wall with hardly any sitting space~ It’s great to watch a business expand and take things up a notch.
Fell+Cole isn’t a vegan (or even vegetarian) ice-creamerie, but they usually have at least one vegan option, so there’s something for everyone. When I went, there was vegan blueberry-banana sorbet in the fridge, but he also had a secret stash of grapefruit champagne sorbet with candied orange peel, which he was updating the recipe for. I was more than happy to be his taste-tester. Some of my favorite sorbets is the Szechuan pepper & red wine sorbet, and the lemon sorbet.
Since it’s Hongdae, there are plenty of hip, stylish, and also some celebs (if you’re lucky) who stop by the shop. When we were there, one of the singers from 2NE1 came in with her entourage. I didn’t recognize her but found out after she left that it was her~~ typical of me to not recognize Korean celebrities.
The grapefruit champagne & orange peel sorbet. The grapefruit pairs so well with the boozy champagne and the candied orange peel adds a chewy texture and a little bitterness as well. If you’re not a fan of bitter flavors, this may not be your choice, but I really liked that it wasn’t super sweet and it felt very refreshing and clean.
Sangsu Station, Line 6, Exit 1. Come out the exit stairs and turn around and begin walking towards Hongik Univ. Turn left into the very first small alleyway, maybe one building after the exit. Follow the exit as it goes curves and goes downhill. As the alleyway meets a T-section, Fell + Cole will be on your left. You can’t miss it. 3-minute walk from the station.